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Manuel Göttsching



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3 stars "New Age of Earth"'s little brother

Released in 1991, the tracks of "Dream and Desire" have been recorded in 1977, between "New Age of Earth" and "Blackouts". Musically, this record reflects the beginning of the transition between these two albums. Contrarily to its precedessor, Manuel Göttsching may have used sequencers for these compositions. As a result, the tunes sometimes sound more monotoneous and less human. The guitar also makes its discrete comeback.

"Dream" is the main interest of the record. A soothing 30 minutes long piece, with a warm atmosphere. Despite its length, this track contains some interesting variations and cool guitar textures. A nice complement to ASHRA's 1976 album. The two other tracks shows a slight evolution from the "New Age of Earth"'s style.

"Desire" is the most innovative piece with its ambient tone and repetitive beat prefiguring "E2-E4". The only problem with this track is its length and monotony. The record finishes with "Despair", the shortest track. While the first half is atmospheric, the second half features sequence patterns similar to Sunrain, the melody being replaced by a spacey guitar solo.

After all, maybe these compositions should have been released in 1977. Too long and not as good as the 2 albums from the same period, it was nonetheless rather creative at the time, and - like other Göttsching material - could have influenced future electronic artists. Although a bit lengthy, the tracks are overall pleasant and relaxing. If you enjoy "New Age of Earth", you'll like "Dream and Desire".

Modrigue | 3/5 |


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